Be sure to read Nick’s updated opinion of DirtBaggies bibs. A smaller size dramatically changed his experience of the product.
The lowdown: The first bib short baggy
Pros: Much less pressure on belly, less inhibited breathing
Cons: Quite pricey, a bit too long, saggy in the wrong places
I’ll admit it. I’m not the coolest mountain biker in the world. Far from it. I don’t have a visor on my helmet. I’ve never “hucked” off of anything. And I almost never ride in baggy shorts. I know, I know. To her credit, my girlfriend (a baggy wearer) reminds me all the time that Lycra inside a mountain town café isn’t cool. But I subscribe to the belief that form follows function and as soon as I find a pair of baggies that function as well as my preferred bib shorts, I’ll convert.
Well maybe I have, almost. DirtBaggies use a bib short liner with a removable baggy overshort. The bib shorts fit well, with a nice chamois and a fly on the front for natural breaks that aligns with the zipper on the baggy short. Sewn along the sides of the liner are two series of loops that run vertically. These are used to attach the baggy to the liner. The different loops allow the rider to adjust how high the baggies ride. You can go full Urkel or let ‘em hang low, gangsta style.
The baggy short is very lightweight and the bib short liner is constructed using a mesh fabric on all but the thigh and crotch panels. When doubling up on shorts, it’s good to keep them both light. I didn’t really dig the “stone” color of the baggy shorts, but they also come in black.
The liner and baggy shorts are sold separately with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. The shorts run $180 for the bib short liner and $70 for the baggy over-short and both are made in southern California.
One wish I had was for a drawstring on the baggies. The loops keep the sides from falling down, but the front and back sagged a bit on me. A way to cinch in the waist a bit, without inhibiting breathing, would be great.
I also wish the inseam was a tad shorter on the baggy short. They nearly covered my knees while riding and especially when off the bike.
DirtBaggies is certainly on to something here. Coming from the road side of things, I’m a bib short devotee (I’m wearing them right now…). Combining them with a baggy lets me breathe more easily while riding and keeps the chamois in place. But the long inseam and saggy front and back of the baggy were a bit too much for me. If they sort out a few details I may fit in a bit better in a group of offroad riders, and my girlfriend might actually think I’m cool.